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Minisforum U500-H Mini PC Review

Minisforum has once again released a mini PC on the market, this one is called the Minisforum U500-H and this one is on the high-end side both in hardware and price. I am always excited to receive these mini PCs for my dual boot project, as I believe we are getting closer to the day when Android X86 becomes fully compatible with Windows hardware and we can enjoy powerful Android apps and games on the big screen in style. After testing it I was very pleased in most areas, while there were some areas where I wanted some more. See the results of my various tests below.

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Hardware

  • Processor: Intel Core i3-5005U (3M Cache, up to 2.0GHz) Processor
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Thermal Design Power(TDP): 15W
  • Capacity: RAM LPDDR3 8GB + SSD 128GB
  • Expand Memory: RAM up to 32GB + M.2 NGFF 2280 SSD up to 2TB + 2.5” SATA HDD up to 2TB.
  • Ethernet: 1000Mbps LAN
  • WiFi: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/b, 2.4+5G
  • Bluetooth: 4.2
  • Antenna: Built-in antenna for WiFi

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Windows Benchmarks

  • RAM Copy – 13,222 MB/s
  • Read Speed – 429 MB/s
  • Write Speed – 495 MB/s
  • Geekbench 4 – 2,490 Single-Core | 4,736 Multi-Core
  • Ice Storm Extreme – 23,170
  • Cloud Gate – 4,164
  • WiFi Speed – Max speed on 5GHz and LAN | 2.4GHz avg 54Mbps

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Android X86 Experience

For the fans of the Android X86 operating system, benchmark scores a very high on the latest Bliss Rom 64bit. On this particular mini PC, I could not get audio via the HDMI port and had to use the Lesser Audio Switch app to get audio through the headphone jack because it was not coming through by default. 4K video playback is not optimized, and you can only get YouTube in 4K on the YouTube Smart TV app, the rest shows up to 1080p. Gaming is the best quality but I could get the gamepad keymapping apps to work despite having root access. Installing it was a breeze on a separate SSD hard drive in the storage expansion bay and the BIOS options are simple and easy to operate.

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Android X86 Benchmarks

  • Antutu – 152,856
  • Geekbench 4 – 2596 Single-Core | 5003 Multi-core
  • Ice Storm Extreme – 7,222
  • Sling Shot – 3,074
  • RAM speed – 12,294 MB/s
  • ROM Speed – 493 MB/s read | 402 MB/s write
  • WiFi Speed – Max speed on 5GHz and LAN | 2.4GHz avg 54Mbps

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Conclusion

Out of all the Mini PCs I have reviewed this one is the most powerful, but it is not the most compatible with Android X86. That title goes to the GN34 model that had great 4K playback and audio through HDMI under the Android X86 OS.

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